New year, new (or renewed) experiments. This is the fluids round-up, where I collect cool fluids-related links, articles, etc. that deserve a look. Without further ado:
- Above is a new music video from the Julia Set Collection, featuring all non-CGI, fluids-based visuals. I spy soap films, vibrating liquids, and lots of cool effects with reflection and refraction. We featured some of their previous work, too.
- The Atlantic has a great piece about jellyfish and how they might just change our understanding of efficient swimming.
- Check out the wild shape-shifting of these drops of oil during freezing and learn about the plastic crystal phase some matter experiences.
- Nature has an interesting article on active matter, an intersection of physics and biology exploring how matter self-organizes, whether at the level of cells or the flocking of birds. (submitted by 1307phaezr)
- Ever wonder what the human face looks like in 457 mph winds? Wonder no more.
- Gizmodo has a beautiful set of macro photos of snowflakes. Interested in how snowflakes form and why there are so many different shapes? We’ve got you covered.
- Wired takes a look at the surf forecaster who predicts the waves for the Mavericks big-wave competition.
- Robert Krulwich (and friends) took a closer look at our fish in microgravity. Here’s what they learned!
(Video credit and submission: Julia Set Collection/S. Bocci; image credit: IRPI LLC, source)